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Toy Story 3 – Brilliant new trailer

Posted by LiveFor on February 11, 2010

The creators of the beloved “Toy Story” films re-open the toy box and bring moviegoers back to the delightful world of Woody, Buzz and our favorite gang of toy characters in TOY STORY 3. Woody and Buzz had accepted that their owner Andy would grow up someday, but what happens when that day arrives? In the third installment, Andy is preparing to depart for college, leaving his loyal toys troubled about their uncertain future. Lee Unkrich (co-director of “Toy Story 2″ and “Finding Nemo”) directs this highly anticipated film, and Michael Arndt, the Academy Award®-winning screenwriter of “Little Miss Sunshine,” brings his unique talents and comedic sensibilities to the proceedings. Toy Story 3 will be presented in Disney Digital 3DTM in select theaters.

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Toy Story 3 features the voices of Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Don Rickles, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Estelle Harris, John Morris, Laurie Metcalf, R. Lee Ermey, Jodi Benson, Ned Beatty, Bonnie Hunt, Timothy Dalton, Jeff Garlin, Whoopi Goldberg and Michael Keaton. Due out on 18th June.

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Toy Story 3 – Woody Character Poster

Posted by LiveFor on October 10, 2009

Toy Story 3 Woddy character movie poster

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Holy Imaginary White Rabbit – Spielberg to direct a remake of Harvey

Posted by LiveFor on August 2, 2009

harveyI never saw this one coming. Steven Spielberg was last busy at work shooting the 3D motion capture animated version of Tintin with Peter Jackson.

Now, according to /film, Spielberg’s next film will be an adaption of Mary Chase’s play Harvey for 20th Century Fox and Dreamworks.

If the name sounds familiar that is because it was originally made into the classic film starring James Stewart as the friendly drunk who’s best friend is a six foot three and one half inch tall rabbit who may or may not be imaginary.

It is a classic film and one of the ones I remember watching a good few times as I was growing up (along with It’s A Wonderful Life, The Thief of Baghdad, The Italian Job and many more).

Spielberg released the following statement in a press release:

“I am very happy to be working again with my friend Tom Rothman who shepherded us through ‘Minority Report,’ and with Elizabeth and Carla, who I’m looking forward to collaborating with,” said Spielberg. “DreamWorks has experienced a creative and profitable relationship with Twentieth Century Fox in the past, and I look forward to renewing that time together.”

Jonathan Tropper (The Book of Joe, Everything Changes, How to Talk to a Widower) has written the new adaptation. No actors have been officially cast, but pre-production will begin immediately, with Speilberg, Dreamworks, and Fox hoping to begin shooting very early 2010.

As I said at the beginning I never saw this one coming and I do find the news surprising. Don’t get me wrong I love the original film, but I just never saw it being remade.

The question is who could they cast to take the role best played by James Stewart? Tom Hanks seems the likeliest but I think it maybe someone you wouldn’t expect.

How do you feel about the news and who should star in the remake?

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Michael Keaton in Toy Story 3

Posted by LiveFor on July 27, 2009

Director Lee Unkrich has confirmed the rumor that Michael Keaton will be voicing a role in the upcoming Walt Disney Pictures/Pixar feature, Toy Story 3.

The actor will voice the character “Ken” in the film.

Set for release on June 18th, 2010, the film brings back the entire cast, including Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Don Rickles, Wallace Shawn, Estelle Harris, John Ratzenberger, Ned Beatty and Michael Keaton.

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The Pacific – Sort of a sequel to Band of Brothers

Posted by LiveFor on June 24, 2009

Executively produced by Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg and Gary Goetzman, the team behind the Emmy-winning 2001 HBO miniseries “Band of Brothers,” this epic ten-hour miniseries tracks the intertwined odysseys of three U.S. Marines – Robert Leckie (James Badge Dale), Eugene Sledge (Joe Mazzello) and John Basilone (Jon Seda) – across the vast canvas of the Pacific. The extraordinary experiences of these men and their fellow Marines take them from the first clash with the Japanese in the haunted jungles of Guadalcanal, through the impenetrable rain forests of Cape Gloucester, across the blasted coral strongholds of Peleliu, up the black sand terraces of Iwo Jima, through the killing fields of Okinawa, to the triumphant, yet uneasy, return home after V-J Day. Produced by HBO Miniseries in association with Playtone and DreamWorks Television, and scheduled to debut on HBO in early 2010.


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Toy Story 3 – E.T. Promo

Posted by LiveFor on May 29, 2009

This is one of those teasers for a teaser trailer.

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Angels & Demons TV Spot #13

Posted by LiveFor on May 12, 2009

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Angels & Demons – Hypertrailer

Posted by LiveFor on May 6, 2009

The team behind the global phenomenon The Da Vinci Code returns for the highly anticipated Angels & Demons, based upon the bestselling novel by Dan Brown. Tom Hanks reprises his role as Harvard religious expert Robert Langdon, who once again finds that forces with ancient roots are willing to stop at nothing, even murder, to advance their goals. Ron Howard again directs the film, which is produced by Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, and John Calley. The screenplay is by David Koepp and Akiva Goldsman.

When Langdon discovers evidence of the resurgence of an ancient secret brotherhood known as the Illuminati – the most powerful underground organization in history – he also faces a deadly threat to the existence of the secret organization’s most despised enemy: the Catholic Church. When Langdon learns that the clock is ticking on an unstoppable Illuminati time bomb, he jets to Rome, where he joins forces with Vittoria Vetra, a beautiful and enigmatic Italian scientist. Embarking on a nonstop, action-packed hunt through sealed crypts, dangerous catacombs, deserted cathedrals, and even to the heart of the most secretive vault on earth, Langdon and Vetra will follow a 400-year-old trail of ancient symbols that mark the Vatican’s only hope for survival.

Angels & Demons is due on 15th May.

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The Da Vinci Code, 2006 – Movie Review

Posted by LiveFor on May 6, 2009

Director: Ron Howard
Starring: Tom Hanks, Audrey Tautou, Jean Reno, Ian McKellan, Alfred Molina, Paul Bettany, Jürgen Prochnow
Score: 7 / 10

This excellent review is by guest blogger, James Jacob of Basket Case.

With Angels and Demons being released next week, I wanted to re-watch and review the prequel / follow up – The Da Vinci Code. If you weren’t already aware, the Da Vinci Code book is actually a sequel to Angels and Demons (they even reference it in the opening chapter!) but for the movie versions, this is reversed.

If you haven’t seen the countless news stories already, The Da Vinci Code is based upon the cult phenomenon book by author Dan Brown about Harvard professor of religious symbology Robert Langdon (Hanks), who is called in by French detective Bezu Fache (Reno) to provide some insight into the death of a notable museum curator.

However, he soon discovers he was not there to help, but instead to become the prime suspect into the murder. With the help of the curator’s granddaughter, Sophie Neveu (Tautou), they join forces to find out who killed her grandfather and why.

Meanwhile, we follow Bishop Aringarosa (Molina) and his own quest with the aid of albino monk Silas (Bettany) to find the key to… well, I won’t ruin it for the one or two of you who don’t know or haven’t read the book.

The main thing that bothered me with The Da Vinci Code was the pacing. There are certain sections that flowed well, only to be undone with so much talking, explanation and lecture, I felt like I was back at University as my lecturers were giving a presentation. The pace was very much either on or off, no middle ground to move the plot along, it seemed if they weren’t explaining the decisions made by Emperor Constantine then the main cast was on the run in a car.

Also disappointing to me beyond pacing, is the acting from such a talented cast. Firstly, Tom Hanks. As the leading man, and the one audience members follow, Hanks presents a character without much behind him. Most of the time, I can watch Tom Hanks get lost in his characters but here, I was looking at Tom Hanks, with a mullet, pretending to be a man named Robert.

And the same can be said for most of the supporting characters including Audrey Tautou, who is sorely miscast in a important role to play opposite an even diluted Tom Hanks performance, Jean Reno, Alfred Molina and even Paul Bettany (though I must admit, he was indeed pretty damn scary and certainly creepy).

For instance, and this is spoiler material here, Alfred Molina basically is a father figure to a psychologically disturbed Bettany, but I didn’t feel the emotion between the two. Sure, Aringarosa was using Silas for the needs of the Opus Dei, but their outcomes had no resonance and therefore, the film as little impact in that area.

However, it’s our very own Gandolf, I mean veteran actor Ian McKellan that delivers the best performance out of the bunch. It’s not to say it’s anything magical, but he was the only one I even remotely was interested in and probably saved this film from becoming a complete dog. His character is eccentric, full of energy and seemed to be the only one involved with the story with any sort of grandeur or amazement.

The Da Vinci Code is not a bad film but instead more… disappointing. Taking a good 20-minutes off the standard version would’ve made the pacing better, though then Howard would alienate the book’s core base. This is why adapting a novel is difficult as books hold so much information that it is nearly impossible to include everything needed, so one wonders if this was the case here. I consider Code to be disappointing, not the major stinker that some around have trashed it.

You really have to remember that this is just a film however and not spend hours surfing the net looking for refernces to Opus Dei, The Priory of Sion and the Holly Grail. Here in the UK, a very much unliked ex-Education Minister is also an Opus Dei member – so take everything with a pinch of salt!

Lastly – to get you properly in the mood, below if the trailer for Angels and Demons.

Thanks for the review James.

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Angels & Demons – Photos from the Rome Premiere

Posted by LiveFor on May 5, 2009

Angels & Demons premiered in Rome last night and here are a few photos from the night.
Actors wishing they were somewhere else

Ron Howard

Richie Cunningham, Potsie and Ralph Malph (Dan Brown)
Tom Hanks, Vittoria Vetra, Ewan McGregor, Ron Howard

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